See Figures 1 through 7
REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
A coil spring compressor; Ford tool number T81P5310A, is required to compress the strut coil spring.
- Loosen the wheel lugs, raise the front of the car and safely support it on jackstands. Locate the jackstands under the frame jack pads, slightly behind the front wheels.
- Remove the tire and wheel assembly.
- Remove the brake line from the strut mounting bracket.
- Place a floor jack or small hydraulic jack under the lower control arm. Raise the lower arm and strut as far as possible without raising the car.
- Install the coil spring compressors. Place the top jaw of the compressors on the second coil from the top of the spring. Install the bottom jaw so that five coils will be gripped. Compress the spring evenly, from side to side, until there is about 1 / 8 in. (3mm) between any two spring coils.The coil spring must be compressed evenly. Always oil the compressor tool threads.
- Two bolts secure the strut to the steering knuckle. Remove the bolts at this time.
- Loosen, but do not remove, the top mount-to-strut tower nuts. Lower the jack supporting the lower control arm.
- Using a soft faced hammer, tap on the steering knuckle assembly until the strut separates from the knuckle.
- Remove the strut upper mounting nuts.
- Remove the MacPherson strut, spring and top mount assembly from the car.
- Use a new nut and assembly the top mount to the strut. Tighten the shaft nut to 48-62 ft. lbs. (65-84 Nm).
- Install the assembled strut, spring and upper mount into the car. If you have installed a new coil spring, be sure it has been compressed enough.
- Position the top mounting studs through the holes in the tower and install new mounting nuts. Do not tighten the nuts completely.
- Install the bottom of the strut fully into the steering knuckle joint.
- Install new pinch bolts and tighten them to 68-81 ft. lbs. (92-110 Nm). Tighten the tower upper mount nuts to 25-30 ft. lbs. (26-41 Nm).
- Remove the coil spring compressor. Make sure the spring is fitting properly between the upper and lower seats.
- Install the brake line to the strut bracket. Install the front tire and wheel assembly. Lower the car and tighten the lugs.
- Have the alignment of the front of the vehicle check by a professional.
- Loosen, but do not remove the upper mount-to-shock tower nuts.
- Raise and safely support the vehicle. Raise the vehicle to a point where it is possible to reach the top mount-to-shock tower nuts and the strut-to-knuckle pinch bolts.
- Remove the wheel and tire assembly.
- Remove the brake flex line-to-strut bolt.
- Remove the strut-to-knuckle pinch bolts.
- Using a suitable tool, spread knuckle-to-strut pinch joint slightly.
- Using a suitable prybar, place top of bar under fender apron and pry down on knuckle until strut separates from knuckle. Be careful not to pinch the brake hose.
Do not pry against caliper or brake hose bracket.
- Remove the top mount-to-shock tower nuts and remove strut from vehicle.
- Install the strut assembly in vehicle. Install the top mount-to-shock tower nuts. Tighten to 25-30 ft. lbs. (37-41 Nm).
- Slide strut mounting flange onto knuckle.
- Install strut-to-knuckle pinch bolts. Tighten to 68-80 ft. lbs. (92-110 Nm).
- Install brake flex line-to-strut bolt.
- Install wheel and tire assembly.
- Lower vehicle.
- Check alignment.
See Figures 8 through 14
- If not already done, use a spring compressor and compress the spring until it no longer applies pressure on the upper and lower portion of the strut.
- While holding the strut shaft with a wrench, loosen and remove the retaining nut at the top of the assembly.
Do not attempt to remove the nut without securing the shaft.
- With the nut removed, the strut bearing cap can be taken off. Inspect the cap for wear and replace if needed.
- Remove the spring upper perches, and as above, inspect for wear and replace if necessary.
- Remove the spring and compressor.
- Remove the rubber bump stop and dust cap if equipped.
- If the strut is the type which has a cartridge installed within, loosen the upper cap and remove the cartridge.
- If your strut is a cartridge type, install the cartridge according to the manufacturers specifications.
- Slide the rubber bump stop and dust cap, if equipped, on to the strut shaft.
- Place the compressed spring on to the strut, making sure the spring is correctly seated in the perch.
- Install the upper spring perches, being careful that they align correctly with the spring.
- Position the upper strut bearing cap on the strut shaft. Install the washer and nut. Tighten nut to 35-50 ft. lbs. (48-68 Nm).
- Install the strut assembly in the vehicle.